PKM debates Amarnath land row in US

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New Delhi, Jul 24 (UNI) The Amarnath land row which spurred a series of violent protests in Jammu and Kashmir and had reverberations in many other parts of the country, crossed international borders and was debated at several gatherings in the US and Europe.

The issue was raised by the leaders of Panun Kashmir Movement (PKM), an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, at several conferences in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Jersey.

The PKM leaders who were on a moth-long 'yatra' of the US and Europe to apprise the people there of the plight of Kashmiri Pandits since their migration from the Kashmir valley in 1989-90, made presentations at different places about Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits.

It included a symposium at MIT-Boston, social and community gatherings at Newton, Waltham, Shirly, Laxington, Browning Green, New York City and Connecticut.

The 'Yatra' focused on the issues of the displacement and resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir besides the Amarnath Shrine Board row and the present agitation on the issue, PKM President Ashwini Kumar said in a statement here.

The PKM gave presentations at various places on human rights violations committed by Islamic fundamentalists and terrorist groups on Hindu minorities in the State.

He said in Kashmir, genocide and exodus were used as effective tools to achieve the ''plan of Islamic colonisation of Kashmir.'' The Amarnath Shrine issue had been invoked to contribute to this process of Islamisation of Kashmir, he added.

He said Jammu province had also become the target of the Islamic expansionist plan and a number of members of the Hindu community had been targeted during the past 15 years in the hilly regions of Jammu province.

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